Pros: skills learned, fast-paced, generally positive environment
Cons: short breaks, could be very stressful at times
Perkins provided me with an environment that included high levels of customer interaction, time management, and problem solving skills. I held this job for every summer break I had before I returned to college. On a typical day, I would arrive at the restaurant at approximately 8 a.m., and immediately begin to greet and serve tables. I would take customer orders, prepare certain food items (drinks, salads, side items, desserts), run them to tables, continually check up on tables, and drop off checks. I was required to memorize the extensive menu, answer guest questions, and manage time wisely as I had to service several tables with multiple guests at one time. I also had to bus my own tables once guests left. I would greet, serve, and bus tables all day, often without taking a break, until the evening, approximately 6 p.m.